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The mainstream media, debates, post debate analysis and the polls.
Add in a timely breaking news story or hundreds of tiny installments along the way and they have an absolutely full proof system to show an election and to have every individual perceive an election, without an actual election ever taking place.
From the perspective of an unaware, self-aware individual the electoral process is an absolute thing of beauty, but this perception is not a truthful representation of reality.
An unaware, self-aware individual will not know “TRUTH” and will defend the fiction with every last piece of programmed data they have taken in and will never realize they have been bamboozled.
An aware, self-aware individual will know “TRUTH” and will not participate in this fiction.
James the Reluctant Messenger